New Behind-the-Scenes Video Shows How They Built the World of 'Blade Runner 2049'
Blade Runner 2049 opens in the US in less than two weeks, and while we've seen a fair amount of still images, promo posters, and a few teasers for the film, we're mostly blind to Denis Villeneuve's vision for the world that Ridley Scott introduced us to 35 years ago. VICE got the opportunity to step behind the curtain while the crew was filming in Budapest and has put together a series of behind-the-scenes videos. They spoke directly with Villeneuve, as well as actors Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, and Ana de Armas, production designer Dennis Gassner, supervising art director Paul Inglis, and other key players who helped bring the film to life.
There are obviously special effects shots in the film, but the "Making of" video tours some of the physical sets that were constructed for the production. "On a green screen, you are bound to computer graphics that tell you where to put the camera and [what the actor] will look like. I hate [it]," Villeneuve told Kim Taylor Bennett of VICE. "I agreed from the start that we will build everything."
VICE got a rare up-close look at some of the blasters and vehicles that will appear in the film, and also spoke with the creators and actors about the sets and working with Villeneuve. Some glimpses at the technical side of the film, including shots from the storyboard and Pre Vis animations, are peppered into the video, too. If you're an obsessive, you may be able to piece together scenes to better discern what is happening, but otherwise they're just fun to look at and give some context to what the director and designers are saying about the tone and aesthetic of Blade Runner 2049.
In another recently released video, the cast and crew shared their thoughts about and experiences with the original 1982 film. Villeneuve spoke about how the film impacted him and made him feel like he was watching someone's accurate portrayal of the future. "It was really like someone had been in a time capsule and came back with images." Producer Andrew A. Kosove spoke about the lasting power of Blade Runner, telling VICE that "once you see that movie, it kind of never leaves you."
To this day, I'm not 100 percent sure that I understand Blade Runner, but the world that Ridley Scott and his team were able to create and the way it all looks on screen is beyond impressive. It has influenced many of my favorite science fiction shows and films of the past three decades, and the fact that Villeneuve and his team seem to be genuine fans making an effort to match that aesthetic as best they can makes me more excited for this sequel.